Uk: Eddie Jordan's Choice: Ford Sportka V Jordan F1
Eddie Jordan is the only man who can choose between the F1 car and the Ford Sportka. Even if you are a millionaire the Sportka is the only one available to buy right now.
As the Jordan Ford F1 team prepares to do battle at Silverstone the Ford Sportka paid the team a visit. The dynamic Sportka was the subject of much interest. Team Principal Eddie Jordan commented, "It's a tasty little car that's for sure. I can see why some of the team have their eyes on it".
The Jordan F1 car is a staggering eight times faster than the Ford Sportka with 800+ horsepower against the Sportka's 95 PS, but the engine alone costs £200,000! The Ford Sportka on the other hand is available now at £9,995 on the road.
You could drive your Sportka for 150,000 miles yet the Jordan F1 car has to have a new engine after clocking up a mere 300 miles. During that time British hopeful Ralph Firman will also have had to change his tyres four times and his oil once at a cost of £14,400.
Choose to cruise in a Sportka however and it will be 12,000 miles before you even think about a changing either the oil or tyres.
Sportka is available now in unique ‘Imperial Blue’ paintwork as well as five other sporty colours from the standard Ka range. The distinctive interior sees sports seats trimmed in blue 'key Line' fabric that harks back to Ford's traditional motorsport blue.
But if you do see yourself in a Jordan Ford F1 car be aware it is only available in yellow and you will need to have a seat specially made. Once you are in you better be comfortable because changing your position will take 15 minutes! Take your choice.
I can't do up tables on FF so good luck interpreting it...
Ford Sportka v Jordan Ford
The Cars Sportka F1
Number built ~1700 5
0 to 60mph (seconds) 9.7 2.7
0 to 100mph (seconds) - 3.9
60 to 0mph (seconds) - 1.5
Top speed (mph) 108 220
Weight – with driver (kg) 1000 600
Cost (£) 9,995 1 Million +
Luggage capacity (cu m) 0.186/0.21 Zero
Number of airbags 1 Zero
Audio system Stereo: radio/CD Radio to pits
2 speakers In-helmet headphones
Wheels – front (inches) 6 x 16 alloy 12.5 x 15 magnesium
Wheels – rear (inches) 6 x 16 alloy 13.7 x 15 magnesium
Tyre width 195/45R16 Front:14 ins/Rear:15 ins
Time to fit 4 new tyres 40 minutes 3 seconds
Tyre life (miles) 12-16,000 80
Fuel tank capacity (litres) 40 150
Time to fill fuel tank ~3.5 minutes 12 seconds
Time to adjust driving position 10 seconds 15 minutes
Gearbox 5 speed manual 7 paddle shift
Time to change gear (secs) 2 0.02
Time to lap Silverstone Circuit 4 min 1 min 20 secs
The Engines Sportka F1
Type 1.6L Duratec Ford Cosworth RS 1
Capacity (cc) 1597 3000
Configuration in-line 4 cylinder V10
Valves 8 40
Where are they built? Port Elizabeth, SA Northampton, UK
Number built 7762 15
Horsepower (PS) 95 800 +
Max revs (rpm) 5,500 18,300
Weight (kg) 98.8 96
Engine life (miles) 150,000 300
Fuel type (petrol) 95 RON unleaded Special brew unleaded
Fuel consumption (mpg) 37.2* 3.6
Oil change intervals (miles) 12,427.4 300
* Official combined figure
Prices - Pounds Ford Sportka 1.6
Clutch Kit (Rebuilt)
Brake pads/shoes (car set)
Spark Plugs (car set)
Tyres (set of 4)
348 (supplied from KwikFit)
3,600 (supplied from Bridgestone)
* Includes new discs that that are designed to also wear away and be regularly replaced.
All prices include VAT.
All figures based on:
Sportka = Ford Sportka 1.6i, 3 door
F1 = 2003 Jordan Ford EJ13
Appropriately all the exertion that goes into the engine for the Jordan Ford F1 team is translated back when Ford develop a sporty road car. Engineering efforts to optimize surface compatibility and the hardness of components subjected to friction were directly influenced by technology used in Formula 1 engines when developing the Sportka.